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email addresses on profiles

Postby Bill Mullins » May 2nd, 2014, 8:50 am

At one time, I believe you could put your email address in publicly available part of your profile. When did that go away? Can the option be restored?

Some significant fraction of the PM's I receive and send are "what is your email address?"

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby Ian Kendall » May 2nd, 2014, 8:56 am

You could always put it in your signature...

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby Bill Mullins » May 2nd, 2014, 9:01 am

I could, but that would make it more "scrapable" (is that the word I'm looking for?).

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby mrgoat » May 2nd, 2014, 9:30 am

Bill Mullins wrote:I could, but that would make it more "scrapable" (is that the word I'm looking for?).


An email address on a profile or a sig would definitely get harvested (that was the word you were looking for).

Depends if you like getting spam I guess.

I would definitely not want my email address anywhere.

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Postby Ian Kendall » May 2nd, 2014, 10:40 am

It doesn't matter if the address is in your signature or another public part of the site; robots follow every link, so it will be captured wherever it is (as Damian said).

I would definitely not want my email address anywhere.


*resists temptation to put Damian's address in my Cafe signatire :twisted: *

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby Bill Mullins » May 3rd, 2014, 7:57 pm

Ian Kendall wrote:It doesn't matter if the address is in your signature or another public part of the site; robots follow every link, so it will be captured wherever it is (as Damian said).

Yah, but the profile is only semi-public, as you have to log in to see it. So long as robots don't get accounts, I'm fairly safe, I think.

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby Joe Pecore » May 3rd, 2014, 8:10 pm

You could put your email in as your "Jabber address" and it will show up :)
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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby Bill Mullins » May 3rd, 2014, 8:58 pm

Thanks, Joe. That's what I was looking for.

Why is it called "Jabber address"?

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Postby Joe Pecore » May 3rd, 2014, 9:46 pm

Jabber is an instant message tool, that not many people I know use.
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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby shatteredorbit » May 4th, 2014, 3:14 am

I used to use jabber. It was an attempt to be a master console of all the instant messaging clients at the time. AOL's IM, yahoo's IM, ICQ etc. You sign in with jabber and have all your contacts in one place and you didn't care what network they were on.

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby mrgoat » May 4th, 2014, 4:11 am

Bill Mullins wrote:
Ian Kendall wrote:It doesn't matter if the address is in your signature or another public part of the site; robots follow every link, so it will be captured wherever it is (as Damian said).

Yah, but the profile is only semi-public, as you have to log in to see it. So long as robots don't get accounts, I'm fairly safe, I think.


Robots get accounts here every single day. Those spam messages that are posted in the morning GMT, of which there are many, they are all robots. But, do as you wish, obviously.

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby rusty151 » May 14th, 2014, 9:36 am

I dont think you will be collected if you change your @ sym to something different, such as a % or $. Those who want to email you have to change it back to the @. this used to keep your email safe

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Re: email addresses on profiles

Postby Bill Mullins » May 14th, 2014, 10:34 am

rusty151 wrote:I dont think you will be collected if you change your @ sym to something different, such as a % or $. Those who want to email you have to change it back to the @. this used to keep your email safe


This is your first (and so far, only) post on the board. Are you one of those email-harvesting robots mrgoat is referrring to?


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